crisp and bright with citrus and lemon grass flavors, the
malo-lactic fermentation offers a nice creamy mouthfeel
The 2009 harvest was a bit on the late side, which, considering the dry spring, was a good development. It was an
easy summer with no shriveled fruit leading to beautifully aromatic fermentations. Our rainfall was slightly above
two-thirds of normal for the third year in a row; however, the timing of the precipitation was on the vine’s side.
Together with the lack of frost and the mild relatively cool growing season, Mother Nature managed to provide it
all, giving the vines and grapes the best scenario possible. Late spring rains delayed irrigation needs and the warm
spell in June helped curtail excessive canopy development. While nearly 14 days of 100°f plus temperatures mark a
typical growing season, 2009 counted perhaps only four or five overall, again helping to reduce demand for water
and allowing the fruit to develop full flavors without fear of raisining or sunburn.
87% tank, 13% barrel (6 mos,
33% new French oak)